Pioneers’ Spring Banquet in conjunction with the 43rd SPACE CONGRESS was a big success.  Great presentation and enjoyable evening.

“Developing the Global Center for Commercial Astronaut Training” presented by Brienna Henwood, NASTAR

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 5:30 PM Social 7:00 PM Dinner

The Radisson Resort at the Port 8701 Astronaut Blvd., Cape Canaveral, FL, 32920

Richard Branson Brienna Henwood

Richard Branson – NASTAR Commercial Astronaut Training

NASTAR Facility

NASTAR Facility


Brienna Henwood

Brienna Henwood, NASTAR

Keynote Address – Developing the Global Center for Commercial Astronaut Training. Presented by Ms. Brienna Henwood, Executive Director of Space Training & Research, The National Aerospace Training & Research (NASTAR) Center: As Executive Director of Space Training and Research at the National Aerospace Training and Research (NASTAR) Center in Philadelphia, PA, Brienna Henwood has lead the company from infancy into an internationally recognized, FAA approved, global center for commercial astronaut training. Brienna has developed, managed, and conducted over eight (8) dozen courses and trained over 450 future astronauts for space to date; including passengers for Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, and Space Expedition Corporation’s XCor Lynx, in addition to scientists, teachers, and students. Brienna has a lifelong passion for exploration, travel, and health/fitness, and is an accomplished Marine Biologist, Astronaut Trainer, Certified Fitness Instructor, Published Researcher, Student Pilot, Master SCUBA Diver, and PR & Communications Executive.

Cassidy Chan

Cassidy Chan, Senior at Florida Institute of Technology

Student Presentation – Mr. Cassidy Chan Senior at Florida Institute of Technology in with a dual major in mechanical and Aerospace Engineering: Cassidy is the lead systems engineer for Time Capsule to Mars (TC2M), a student-led project to be the first private mission to Mars. The team includes FIT students Robert Curtain, Juliette Bido, Brianna Tillman and Isaac Spence. From Boston, Cassidy has had internships at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Cannon Design, and Norcross Corporation. For further information, contact Bill Allen at or (407) 456-3139 ***********************************************************************************